Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2022 10:24 pm


Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: June 25, 2022
Birthday: September 24
Country: United States
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Things that make me smile

Hello from the beautiful Southern California desert! My name is Carrie Jean, and it's really nice to meet you! :)

I'm 40-something and married (27 years together!), had a loveable, grumpy old man of a cat until recently (He passed 1/15/21), and teach.

I'm here to swap postcards and stickers, primarily. I am a total nerd for ALL stationery products, though, and I love fodder for collaging, especially pages from children's books and in languages other than English!

To give you a just a bit of an idea about me, here are some of my all-time favorite things in life that make me smile:


❤️mail art, ATCs, altered books, & collage!!!

❤️your original artwork!!! (It would be such an honor to receive it!)

❤️stickers & washi tape!!!

❤️"why would anyone make a card of THAT?" -- boring, mundane, or odd postcards and note cards

❤️pretty stamps, stationery, papers, etc.

❤️cats, especially maneki-neko, Jetoy, & blue cats


❤️owls, flamingos, & cardinals

❤️armadillos, hedgehogs, sloths, & badgers

❤️donkeys, llamas, alpacas, & goats

❤️quokkas, capybaras, & pangolins

❤️butterflies & dragonflies

❤️chipmunks & squirrels

❤️octopus, jellyfish, & seahorses

❤️koi & other beautiful fish

❤️snails, turtles, & tortoises

❤️Joshua trees, chollas, ocotillos, & deserts in bloom

❤️dandelions, poppies, lilacs, lily of the valley, white roses, & lavender



❤️rainbows & LGBTQIA+ themes 🏳️‍🌈

❤️museums, aquariums, libraries, & observatories

❤️folk art, graffiti/street art, strange signs, & found art

❤️recipes, especially for regional dishes you love or make

❤️truly strange or dark/black humor

❤️"kitsch" & "camp" of all kinds

❤️inspiring, non-religious quotations

❤️cartoons, comics, & other illustrations

❤️ads for unique or odd products, especially vintage/reprints

❤️propaganda (of any kind from anywhere)

❤️feminist & progressive messages

❤️Mr. Fred Rogers

❤️Dia de los Muertos & sugar skulls

❤️holiday cards, especially for regional/national holidays


❤️pressed coins

❤️lenticular, 3D, sealed glitter, & prismatic stuff

Favorite Movies

❤️The Big Lebowski


❤️Pulp Fiction

❤️The Shining

❤️They Live

❤️I ❤️ Huckabees


❤️The Goonies


❤️Romy and Michele's High School Reunion



❤️Harold and Maude

❤️Pink Flamingos

❤️Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

❤️Really bad sci-fi/fantasy movies of all kinds

Favorite Television

❤️Our Flag Means Death

❤️Rick and Morty

❤️It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

❤️American Horror Story

❤️Mr. Robot

❤️American Dad

❤️Nighty Night

❤️Absolutely Fabulous

❤️What We Do in the Shadows

❤️Mad Men


❤️Dream Corp LLC


❤️Sons of Anarchy

❤️Cooking shows/competitions of ALL sorts

Favorite Books

❤️ANYTHING by Lynda Barry because she is so deeply #1, but right now, especially her newest, “Making Comics” and her classic, "Cruddy"

❤️Most things by Hunter S. Thompson

❤️Most books by David Sedaris :)

❤️“I Like You” by Amy Sedaris

❤️“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

❤️I also collect cookbooks and old children's books.

Favorite Crafts

❤️Collage is my truest artistic love! I adore making postcards and altered art/books from found media, and I love receiving lovingly made artwork of yours!

I'm learning to draw in my 40s!

Cross-stitch when I can concentrate :)


I Pledge to Rate

If anything goes awry...

If anything goes wrong with my swap with you, please let me know so that I can make it up to you. I will do my best to do the same for you, and I will always, always reach out before giving a bad rating.

My mail is slow these days, like for so many of us, but if you don't receive something after a few weeks, please don't hesitate to message me. I will absolutely resend. I don't flake.

And if, per chance, I owe you postage for miscalculating the weight/size of a letter or postcard, I am happy to repay you with unused stamps or cash, as you'd prefer. We are all doing our best. :)

My Short Break

Due to an emergency situation, I took a break from swapping for a while (3/21 until 7/21), but I am back! It's good to see you all again! :)

No Thank You

I know some people enjoy exchanging food and drink, but I don't use candy or tea bags or things like that that have gone through the mail. (I'll just pass them along to someone who might use them if I can.)

I prefer non-religious items, thanks!

I don't have any use for teacher stickers ("Great job!" type); I teach adults.

One last thing: thanks so much for sending me something you spent your time, energy, and money on. You are being so kind and generous to do so. Take care! ❤️


AJ73 rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #43 on Jun 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you Carrie. I love all the postcards you sent for this swap. As usual, they are all very nice quality, too. Thanks so much. Hugs, Alma
Comment: Hello Carrie Jean! Wow, I LOVE your 'sleepykitty' stamp--reminds me of Sheldon ;+) Love your choices for me. The one that made me happiest is the one of Pooh sitting in the stream watching a dragonfly--the epitome of summer! Many thanks for a lovely swap--hope we get to swap together again soon~
AmySue2 rated for FTLOC#1-Postcard Senders Choice on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pc. Bees are awesome.
Comment: thanks!
MuggleMom rated for 💜HEP: Purple Postcard R3 on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Cool vintage (haha, 2002) Utah postage stamp on the beautiful Hawaiian purple PC! The last time I was at the Santa Monica pier was 2016 - I can only imagine how worse the parking has gotten since then but you gotta go sleepykitty!! You deserve a bit of ocean air and you can't beat the free entertainment of watching people!! xxMuggleMom
theshyone rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #40 on Jun 13, 2022
Comment: As usual, you sent such a cute and thoughtful swap! I often have the same trouble, not being able to decide on which goodies to send, so send them all! Not that I minded, you sent the prettiest PCs! ♡♡♡
Unbijou rated for WTF PC Swap R9 on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Love your sense of humor! I miss the bananas 🍌 too! Good WTF postcard!
deesides rated for Ugly PC Swap #53 on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the Dungeons & Dragons card, I find if oddly charming :D
ensigncelery rated for HEP: Purple Postcard R2 💜 on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: This postcard is super cool! And I love the washi and little dino friend you used as decoration ♥ I hope grading is going well, and that you're taking plenty of breaks!
Eulegirl rated for I’m Not From Here #7 on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the Georgia card--I have been once in 2000, when I stayed with relatives of an ex in North Augusta (technically in South Carolina, but a lot of daily life happens in Augusta, Georgia)
dlchick rated for Ugly PC Swap #54 on Jun 8, 2022
Comment: This is certainly a weird postcard! I can definitely see how you'd be stumped about how you might use it! 😂 I'm still trying to figure out why the guy has a string coming out of his mouth. This one has me perplexed! hahaha, great choice for this swap! -Shawsha
ensigncelery rated for GEEK of the Week PC Swap #123 on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Yessss OFMD is so wonderful! Did you see that it was renewed for a second season? I'm so excited! ♥ And I love this little turtle friend you've picked out for the swap. He's so cute~
j3ss1ca rated for CPG QUICKIE: Summer PC - US on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Love the card and the additional sticker and stamps you added to it. Gives the PC more character. Enjoy your summer! My sister is a teacher in California too.
srharmon4381 rated for WTF PC Swap R8 on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Perfect PC for this swap! Also, the Red Bat postage stamp is on point! Thanks so much!
Jafferty rated for Celestial PC Swap on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC. The space stamps are awesome! Thanks for using them!
riviwriter rated for Space Postcard swap #2 on Jun 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for this awesome postcard! It has been pretty hot here in Berkeley as well, although we're going through heat waves and then a few days cooler weather, so I am managing alright. Hope you are well! PS I love the space theme stamps you mailed with too! So cool
uiltje rated for Weirder Than Weird #25 on Jun 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the potatoes. They grow a lot over here. Our climate is to cold for citrus fruits, you can find them in Spain. But I see more olivetrees these last years, in pots in the gardens. Summers are hotter then 30 years ago. Weather gets extreme: a lot of rain in a couple of days (with problems in villages and on roads) and dryer month like in spring this year.
ultracinematik rated for PH: Postcard Mix - May 2022 on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice variety of PCs!
feverfawn rated for Ruin My Week Notecard #1 on May 29, 2022
Comment: Omg the envelope looks like it was trampled and run over I'm surprised the swap made it! Thank you Carrie for the pretty notecard - love the image on it. I'm sorry to hear about how stressful your job has been that does sound very tough! Not to mention the drought and fires CA is experiencing I can't imagine how difficult that must be. Here's hoping you get some good news/have something happy happen to you in the coming weeks <3 (Also love the postcards you always send such awesome PCs + the strawberry stamps & stickers are so cute! - thank you again!)
ultracinematik rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #39 on May 28, 2022
Comment: Wow, these PCs are spot on to my taste! Thank you very much!

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AJ73 on Jun 9, 2022:

Hello my friend. Thank you so much for the postcards for the April WTA. I apologize for not saying thank you sooner. I wasn’t sure what the procedure was. It’s no excuse . I love this group and appreciate every one of you. Hugs.

bluerose3 on Jun 9, 2022:

Thank you for the postcards and stamps from RAK USA June RAK #1. I especially love the glow in the dark card.

theshyone on May 25, 2022:

Thank you for the RAK tag of the notecard/envelope and 25 3-cent stamps! I just adore the strawberry stamps, they are so sweet :D Like you, my daughter adores strawberries, also her favorite. She once gave herself hives from eating a box all by herself!

feverfawn on May 21, 2022:

Thank you for the RAKs tag! I love the great postcards you sent and of course the strawberry stamps too :)

Autist on May 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the AATW May Birthday wishes!! I squealed my way thru all the Jellyfish stuff. I LOVE it all!! I look very forward to finding the perfect use for it all!! Cheers - Rook

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

katjl on May 8, 2022:

Thank you for May RAK #1 ~ 4 Blank Postcards & 5 strawberry stamps. I really like the selection of postcards and stamps are great! 😃

AJ73 on Apr 28, 2022:

WOWZA! Yes, it’s a word. My word…lol. Thank you for the BEST private swap ever. The postcards are all so perfect. Thank you so much! You are so thoughtful, so generous!! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and to have you as my partner in any future swaps. Hugs.🐈‍⬛🐯

bethe on Apr 12, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Etsy wish for April's AAW! I was so tempted to buy it then saw it sold out but then a lovely surprise came to my mailbox :) Can't wait to use this for my mail art. I really appreciate it!

theshyone on Apr 10, 2022:

Thank you for the April RAK #2 ~ 4 Blank Postcards ~ QUICKIE!!! I absolutely adored the PCs you picked out for me :D So much fun! ღ

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